“Polyaenus, a retired Macedonian general more interested in novelty than historical accuracy, claims that, according to legend, Cambyses of Persia captured Pelusium in 525 BC by using a clever strategy. The Egyptians regarded certain animals, especially cats, as being sacred (they had a cat goddess named “Bastet”), and would not injure them on any account. Polyaenus claims that Cambyses had his men carry the sacred animals in front of them to the attack. The Egyptians did not dare to shoot their arrows for fear of wounding the animals, and so Pelusium was stormed successfully.” (Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Pelusium_(525_BC) )
Soooo…anyone want to make a House Rule for this incident?
Well, the way painter Paul-Marie Lenoir portrays it, with cats catapulted into the air, it was the catalyst that caused the catatonia that catered for the catalog of cataclysmic catastrophic catastrophe’s for Pharaoh Psamtik III. Pardon my catachresis (the incorrect use of words).
And what is the range of a flying feline and what’s it’s combat factor? Of course, Polyaenus doesn’t say that the cats were thrown but only carried, so I wonder if medievalthomas has a -2 in his “Game of Knights and Knaves” when Egyptians are shooting at ‘cat armour’…